Sea Otter Research and Conservation – Research Intern

Organization: Monterey Bay Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Monterey, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with field observations and data collection of wild sea otters in the Monterey Peninsula, Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing areas of coastal California.

Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, data collection in the field from shore and on a small boat using radio telemetry equipment and making visual observations with spotting scopes. Interns will record re-sights, movement patterns and forage activity budget data on marked individual wild sea otters.

Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment, must be able to work independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.


•At least 18 years of age

•Current undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university

•Must be a student during the term immediately preceding the internship

•Must submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applying

•Must provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from college/university professors or faculty staff

•3.0 Minimum cumulative GPA

•3-month commitment of 24 hours each week. (Extension beyond the first 3 months dependent upon performance review by SORAC staff: 6-month potential max internship)

•Valid driver's license

•Personal vehicle to use while in the field

•Cell phone

•Willingness to perform project task assignments on a flexible schedule, including weekends and late nights

Desired Skills

•Strong Interest in and awareness of animal husbandry and marine science / ecology

•Willingness to get wet and dirty

•Attention to detail

•Able to lift up to 50 pounds

•Ability to multi-task

•Demonstrable research, writing, academic literature and organizational skills

•Interpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with colleagues

•Proficiency with SharePoint a plus

•Boat handling skills appreciated but not necessary

•Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PPT and Microsoft Access software

All internship opportunities are Unpaid or STEM Internships (STEM may include funding provided through your educational institution).

College credit may be available. Please refer to your College/University's student services division.